Columbia Universityâs president called for more taxpayer funded news during the schoolâs graduation ceremony. Whether or not non-profit is the model of the future, Google isnât interested in being a part of it. Google CEO Eric Schmidt talked with the Financial Times this week to say Google wasnât interested in acquiring a stake in any newspaper. Schmidt also said, for general news, micro-payments or subscriptions donât seem like a viable solution; though, Googleâs Vint Cerf said Tuesday that the news industry should be looking to Appleâs iTunes for a possible model. While news outlets look for a model to increase online revenue beyond what display ads provide, economic media analyst Robert G. Picard published a op-ed explaining just why he thinks journalists deserve low pay. It may be low pay or the just plain lack of jobs that are sending 13 of 16 graduating seniors on the Harvard Crimson to look for work outside of journalism. One j-school student in San Francisco is trying to invoke that stateâs shield law for journalists causing some controversy. But even more controversy was generated Sunday, when New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd was accused of plagiarizing from a blogger. Theyâre not plagiarizing, but TV news outlets in Boston and Washington DC will be sharing news-gathering efforts, begging the question: How long until each market really has just one newsroom? Despite comments from CBSâ Moonves late last year about the end of the affiliate model, NBCâs Zucker told affiliates this week that theyâd be ââ¦ in business together for a long, long time.â Perhaps those relationships will be cultivated to support NBCâs plans to delve into online local content.